I know John Carver is trying all of these clever mind games to try and get something out of this Newcastle team but surely he has to keep some kind of a grip on reality.

Last weekend he admitted maybe being too aggressive in the Leicester dressing room as he tried to get a reaction from his players.

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After giving them plenty of stick after making it eight defeats in a row, John Carver has now gone to teh other extreme with his carrots after the 1-1 draw against a poor and negative West Brom prevented it being nine in a row.

If I shut my eyes, this could have been  back to Sir Bobby Robson or Kevin Keegan waxing lyrical about the teams that they built, who finished top three and competed for the title.

I know Carver has to try and accentuate the positives but surely there are limits…:

“I have to give special praise to Manu (Riviere), I thought he was excellent, he’s just finding it hard finding the back of the net at the moment.

“I think the whole team did their talking on the pitch but particularly Coloccini and that’s what we want to see, hopefully it is not too little too late. The response was fantastic from everybody on the pitch.

“Vurnon Anita playing right-back now and Jonas Gutierrez left-back, they’ve shown determination to play in a position that was uncomfortable.

“Paul Dummett hadn’t all trained all week and I thought he was outstanding alongside Colo but right throughout the team…

“Tim Krul – made a couple of great saves, Jack Colback’s tireless energy, Ryan Taylor sitting in the hole and protecting (the back forur), Moussa Sissoko’s driving runs forward, Perez cutting in from one side and Cabella having that spell in the second half where he was just driving at the full-back.

“I think I’ve mentioned everybody there…and the guys who came on, because they’re important and they have to understand what we’re trying to do.

“So I think the whole squad deserve credit, though I know it is not a win and I’m not getting carried away…”

To see how the Newcastle fans rated each player on Saturday’s display go HERE.